David Puga Wins the 2021 Arizona Regional Series
Earns title, “Arizona’s Best Bricklayer!”
Phoenix, AZ – He laid 712 bricks in one hour! Mason David Puga along with his mason tender Richi Martinez with David’s Masonry in Phoenix, AZ teamed up to win the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Arizona Regional Series. Puga beat out 4 other local masons, officially earning his shot to compete on the biggest stage in masonry, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship, in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete Expo in January 2022.
To qualify for the World Championship, hundreds of teams from across North America will battle to win one of 20 individual regional series events, proving they belong on the national stage. Each team, consisting of one mason and one mason tender, will be given an hour to build the tallest and best 26-foot-long brick wall they can, with as few errors as possible. One winning team from each region will advance to compete for over $125,000 in cash and prizes (including a new Ford F-250 4×4 Truck, Kubota RTV-X1140) and the title, “World’s Best Bricklayer,” and/or SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN.
Puga and Martinez also took the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN prize, which goes to the mason with the “most-sellable ” wall. All-in-all, they walked away with $1050 and a free ticket to Las Vegas for their efforts in Arizona. The national sponsorship team added more goodies to the prize pool, including a $200 gift certificate from Ford, $200 gift certificate from Blaklader, Stabila levels, and a Marshalltown tool bag and ceremonial trowel.
Second place went to mason Matt Jones and mason tender Jose Mondragon of Sargon Masonry in Phoenix, AZ with a brick count of 577.
Third place went to mason Mike Canez and mason tender Frank Canez with Sargon Masonry in Phoenix, AZ Masonry with a brick count of 371.
With workforce development being the primary battle cry for the skilled trades, the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 is a tool designed to create interest from a new generation of masons in the rewards and opportunities possible in masonry and construction.
The 20th annual SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 World Championship will be held January 19th, 2022 at the World of Concrete expo in Las Vegas. Prizes total more than $125,000 and include a new Ford F-250 4×4 Super Duty truck, Kubota RTV-X1140, Multiquip Mortar Mixer, and other prizes from IQ Power Tools, Stabila, Marshalltown, STIHL, Blaklader, Iron Age Footwear and Belden Brick
2021 SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 ARIZONA REGIONAL RESULTS
|1ST PLACE||DAVID PUGA||RICHI MARTINEZ||DAVID'S MASONRY||PHOENIX, AZ||712 BRICK||$700|
|TOP CRAFTSMAN||DAVID PUGA||RICHI MARTINEZ||DAVID'S MASONRY||PHOENIX, AZ||712 BRICK||$350|
|2ND PLACE||MATT JONES||JOSE MONDRAGON||SARGON MASONRY||PHOENIX, AZ||577 BRICK||$350|
|3RD PLACE||MIKE CANEZ||FRANK CANEZ||SARGON MASONRY||PHOENIX, AZ||371 BRICK||$250|
NOW APPRENTICES CAN JOIN THE ACTION
Arizona is now an official host region of the rapidly growing JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 contests taking place at numerous SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 Regional Series across North America. High school masonry students and apprentices can get in on the bricklaying action and shine on masonry’s biggest stage! Judged like the journeymen event, the JR. SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500 competitors are challenged by a 20-minute clock and a 9’-4” starter wall to showcase their skills, compete for prizes and prove they’ll soon be ready to claim the title of, “World’s Best Bricklayer.”
ONE MORE CHANCE TO QUALIFY
The new Wild Card Challenge will send additional Regional Series competitors to Las Vegas for the World Championship! At the end of the regional season, the bricklayers that post the top adjusted brick counts could win a FREE ride to Vegas and chance at becoming the 2022 World’s Best Bricklayer!